Monday, February 21 | 6-8 pm

Room 544 & Zoom (passcode: 734712)


Join us for a discussion with diverse legal practitioners and scholars about education, access, and the law. Light refreshments will be served on the patio. Registered attendees will receive the zoom passcode prior to the event. In-person attendees must wear masks indoors at all times.


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Thalia González

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Thalia González is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary legal scholar who explores contemporary theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of law, society, inequality and public systems. To investigate questions in this area, Professor González applies a broad range of research methods from legal theory development to empirical analysis. A core theme within her portfolio of work is the examination of how restorative justice operates within law and policy to address disproportionality, structural inequality, and systemic harm. Her research fields also include race and gender, health equity, social determinants of health, juvenile justice, public interest legal practice, domestic human rights, and education law and policy.

Professor González’s work has been published in top legal and peer-reviewed journals such as, Wisconsin Law Review, Utah Law Review, Contemporary Justice Review, Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics, Fordham Urban Law Journal, and the NYU Review of Law & Social Change. She is the co-author of “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood” (2017), the groundbreaking study of the adultification of Black girls.

Professor González has served as an external reviewer for the Department of Justice, national foundations, and numerous high-impact journals as well as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice. She currently holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center and has previously been a scholar in residence at Berkeley Law and UCLA School of Law. Professor González sits on the Advisory Committee for the Restorative Justice Research Institute and the Advisory Board for the Restorative Justice Center at the University of San Diego. Prior to joining the faculty at Occidental College she was a practicing attorney and taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Arizona State University.

Professor González has been recognized for her excellence in teaching at Occidental, including being awarded the Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize, the Loftsgordon Teaching Award, and selected as a Mortar Board Last Lecture speaker.

Rachel F. Moran

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Rachel F. Moran is Founding Faculty and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law. Previously, she was Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. Professor Moran has written numerous articles and book chapters exploring bilingual education, desegregation, and affirmative action. Her recent work on affirmative action includes “Bakke’s Lasting Legacy: Redefining the Landscape of Equality and Liberty in Civil Rights Law,” 52 UC Davis Law Review 2569 (2019), and “The Unbearable Emptiness of Formalism: Autonomy, Equality, and the Future of Affirmative Action,” 100 University of North Carolina Law Review 101 (forthcoming 2022). She also has written on the impact of the pandemic in elementary and secondary schools in “Persistent Inequalities, the Pandemic, and the Opportunity to Compete, 27 Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 589 (2021). In addition, she is co-author of one of the most widely adopted casebooks in the field, Educational Policy and the Law (Cengage 2011) (with Mark Yudof, Betsy Levin, James Ryan, and Kristi Bowman).

Professor Moran also has published widely on questions of race and the law. Her work includes two highly regarded books on the subject: Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (Chicago 2001), and Race Law Stories (Foundation Press 2008) (with Devon Carbado). In 2015, Professor Moran became the inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law at the American Bar Foundation (ABF). In that role, she has launched a research project on “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility” with Robert Nelson, the ABF’s Director Emeritus. Recognizing that Latinos will account for nearly 30% of the American population by 2060, the project has commissioned white papers and hosted regional roundtables to explore the obstacles and opportunities that this growing population faces. The project also has pursued innovative ways to bridge the access to justice gap for Latinos and to prepare emerging leaders who can address this community’s needs. Recently, Moran has published three articles based on this work: “Citizenship, Personhood, and the Constitution in 2020,” Harvard Law & Policy Review (2020); “Dreamers Interrupted: The Case of the Rescission of the Program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” 53 UC Davis Law Review 1905 (2020); and “The Pocketbook Next Time: From Civil Rights to Market Power in the Latinx Community,” 71 American University Law Review 579 (2021).

Professor Moran is highly active in the legal and educational community. In September 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. She was President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 2009 and previously was a member of the AALS Executive Committee. In May 2014, American Bar Association (ABA) President James Silkenat selected her to serve on the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education. Moran has sat on the Standing Committee of the ABA Division of Public Education and served as a Senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In 2019, she was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies, and in 2020, the Institute selected her as a Fellow. In addition, Moran is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of UCLA’s Civil Rights Project/Proyecto de Derechos Civiles.

Moran received her A.B. in Psychology with Honors and with Distinction from Stanford University in 1978, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. She obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981. Following law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked for the San Francisco firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. She joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1983. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA (1988, 2002), Stanford (1989), NYU School of Law (1996), the University of Miami Law School (1997), the University of Texas (2000), Fordham Law School (2005), and Harvard Law School (2017). From 1993 to 1996 Moran served as Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project (now the Center for Latino Policy Research) at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, and in 2003, she became Director of the Institute. In 1995, she received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Danny Adelman

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Danny Adelman became Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest in February 2018. Before becoming Executive Director, Danny served on the Center’s board of directors for more than 20 years, including a multi-year term as president. Danny brings extensive experience as a litigator to his role as Executive Director. Throughout his years in private practice, Danny focused on seeking justice for individuals. Now that he has transitioned to the Center, he can advocate for entire groups of Arizonans who otherwise would have no voice.

Danny continues to build on the amazing work the Center has done for more than 40 years. During this time, the Center has won major victories for Arizonans in the areas of education, healthcare, environmental protection, consumer rights, and protecting voters’ rights.

Danny received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, and his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Law Journal. He has received numerous awards and recognition as one of the finest attorneys in Arizona.

Kip M. Hustace

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Kip M. Hustace (kanaka ‘ōiwi) is a visiting assistant professor at ASU Law, where he teaches Professional Responsibility and a seminar on educational equity. Originally from Hawai‘i, he earned his BA and JD at Stanford University. During law school, he worked in Stanford’s youth and education clinic and served on the boards of Stanford’s Native American Law Students Association and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. Kip then worked for a few years as a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles, litigating education and voting rights cases.

Prior to joining ASU, he completed an LLM at the University of Washington, conducting research on American political thought, Indigenous governance, disability in voting, and social movement lawyering. His research focuses on governance and difference, particularly in the areas of education, Federal Indian Law, and the law of democracy. In his work, he attends to legal procedure and ethics and to the experiences of Indigenous Americans and Hawaiians, persons with disabilities, and other groups in Indian Country and the American West and borderlands. His article Education, Antidomination, and the Republican Guarantee is in publication with the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Angela Banks

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Angela M. Banks is an immigration and citizenship expert whose research focuses on membership and belonging in democratic societies. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in leading American law review journals such as the Emory Law Journal, the William & Mary Law Review, and Brooklyn Law Review.

Prior to joining the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law faculty, Professor Banks was a Professor of Law at William & Mary School of Law. She has also served as the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School, a legal advisor to Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC (now WilmerHale); and as law clerk for Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

She received a B.A. in sociology from Spelman College summa cum laude and a Master of Letters in sociology from Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Professor Banks is a 2000 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and the Harvard International Law Journal.

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